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Page Eight (2011)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Drama | Mystery  -  6 November 2011 (USA)
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Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the... See full summary »

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Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny's striking next-door neighbor and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job, and then out of his identity to find out the truth. Set in London and Cambridge, PAGE EIGHT is a contemporary spy film for the BBC, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century. Written by David Hare

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Writer/director David Hare has told some associates that if Page 8 works, he might bring Bill Nighy's character Johnny Worricker back, as part of a trilogy of TV films. See more »

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The airport departure board shows long-haul destinations with flight numbers for EasyJet and Ryanair. For instance, EZY215 is shown as a flight to Santiago, while in reality, it is a Stansted to Glasgow flight. See more »

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Johnny Worricker: I had a feeling that if I asked a favour you were a sort of person who'd come through.
Nancy Pierpan: You trust me. Why on earth would you trust me?
Johnny Worricker: Because that's the job. Deciding who to trust. That's what the job is.
Johnny Worricker: Also, you told your father that I work for the Home Office.
Nancy Pierpan: I lied.
Johnny Worricker: Yeah.
Nancy Pierpan: You trust me because I lied.
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written by Billie Holiday
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
Performance of Billie Holiday used with permission as presented
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Compelling if occasionally clumsy
29 August 2011 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

There's a peculiar sense of timing to this film. The issue of rendition, which is the subject of a report whose eighth page is particularly incendiary, may still be prickly outside the drama but it is by no means current. However, the big screen adaptation of John le Carre's Tinker, Tailor... is a fortnight away from release. Spying is always current and these days, as we leave behind the decade of BBC TV's Spooks (and Bourne) so the more insidious political machinations resurface as the real drama.

Page Eight is about this creep, how expedience causes journalism, politics, security and individuals' personal lives to overlap. This much was done well in script and on screen. I enjoyed the sharp, ambivalent courtesies shared between powerful people too; occasionally I felt I was watching a dangerous remake of In The Loop, as if everyone was actually carrying a loaded gun.

Unfortunately, David Hare's direction rather gets in the way of his own script. The acting, whilst good, is not free and often mannered beyond the intriguing courtesies already mentioned. Hare's polemic also gets in the way of real dramatic swing, as he tries to deliver his rant without allowing the drama - already doing it - to breathe.

It is, however, stylish and a good vehicle for an astonishing cast (I was delighted to see Judy Davis appearing in this film, even more so to see her act brilliantly). 6/10


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